TRIZ for Children

It is scientifically established that the utmost learning of a human being is until the age of 5, this natural process is termed as neural pruning. In this age, students learn academics, social rules, sports, games, directions etc. If the brain is not exposed enough at this age then certain synapses wither away and the brain no longer acts upon certain traits as easily. The reconnaissance to 16 sanskaras (sacraments of life) described in Vedas; Upanayana (introducing the child to a teacher) followed by Vedarambha (Study of Vedas) begins at the age of 5 years. The basic motor skills continue to develop through about age 12. It is also researched in the 1990s by a French Scientist, Mr. T. Rhibo that the most creative age is at about 12 years of age. Later it was confirmed when Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) did the same research in 2003. Hence it is ascertained that the appropriate education at this naïve age of kids will result in long lasting knowledge. This is emphasized by Louis Pasteur’s axiom ‘Chance favors only the prepared mind’.

It’s an era wherein many advanced ways of nurturing kids are being evolved and implemented, and TRIZ is definitely the best way to do so. As aptly stated by Mr. Genrich Altshuller that ‘Trial and Error Method today is considered as a synonym for Creativity; and to increase the productivity of intellectual work, a scientific approach should be applied’.

TRIZ basically works on understanding the concepts at the function level. It generates many options which enable brain exercise and structured thinking to look the things in an ‘out of box’ way. Using TRIZ, the kids will learn to use available resources to get rid of contradictions. That means the solution should not be either/or, rather it should proclaim demonstration of benefits of both while eliminating the adverse of each. The wisdom that the solution should be correspondent to trends of evolution will give them an insight of understanding and later will result to reduce the glitches of product/process development.

It is easy and useful to overcome mental inertia doing small steps towards the right direction then make a big jump towards the wrong one.

Author: Prof. Sandeep Wankhade, TRIZ Evangelist

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